We set some our favourite food bloggers the challenge to create an Irish feast for four, for £50.
Together with Board Bia (Irish Food Board), we wanted to show off the fantastic produce to be had from the Emerald Isle, and the menus – stuffed with classic dishes and ingredients – don’t disappoint.
To judge the menus we called in Dublin-based food writer Orla Broderick, and Irish chef Andy McFadden. So, let’s meet the bloggers and get a look at their menus…
First up, The English Kitchen went Irish for a day. Marie’s menu started with an Apple Dressed Pear Salad (with Cashel Blue toasties – my favourite part!), and a traditional main course of very slow cooked Irish Stew. Her pudding was Flourless Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and, the crowning glory, Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Sauce.
You can find the recipes here: http://bit.ly/PA3I2L ▶
The semi-Irish Jack of Tasting Britain made an elegantly simple Dressed Crab Salad to start, followed by Pears with Cashel Blue Cheese (obviously a popular pairing), Slow Cooked Cabbage with Lemon, and Roast Rib of Beef with Sweet Potatoes.
His fully Irish girlfriend was a fan. See what you think here: http://bit.ly/1lDiaBj ▶
Claire – from the excellently named Ninja Killer Cat blog – whisked up a Lemon and Poppy Seed Dressing over Irish Smoked Salmon to start, followed by Lamb and Leek Stew, and finished with a deeply comforting Irish Tea Loaf. Just add Barry’s.
See her recipes here: http://bit.ly/1kq3IMN ▶
Sarah of Eats, Drinks and Sleeps did her grandfather proud with Boxty, Bacon and Maple Syrup to start, our second Irish Stew as a main course, and Bailey’s Bread and Butter Pudding to follow.
See how her stew measures up here: http://bit.ly/1oTl0SC ▶
Finally, the winner. Rebecca from Hold The Anchovies Please came up with a creamy, chilli-flecked chowder with cockles, mussels and pasta (Molly Malone’s Seafood Pasta); Stew and Champ for her main course; and a Trio of Irish Desserts, including a whiskey-spiked chocolate pud. Mmm… The judges just loved her imaginative recipes.
You’ll find them here: http://bit.ly/ObfYG2 ▶
Naomi, PR and Social Media Executive